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    Sewn through top quilt...

    So I recently got some Kmart down pillows and am thinking of making a summer weight top quilt. Considering a sewn-through quilt (either straight or Karo style) rather than one with baffles for ease of construction.

    How limiting is a sewn through quilt as compared to a standard baffled one warmth wise? Does the stiffness of the shell fabric come into play at all.

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    Surprised no one has comments. Hammockgear sells a 40 degree burrow with baffles, and a 50 degree burrow without. Each are listed to have 1.5" loft. Is that about right? About 10 degree loss in warmth at the same loft?

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    The location of your sewn-thru channels on the quilt will have no loft at all. This is why only summer quilts have sewn-thru baffles usually.

    This reduces the insulation ability at the sewn thru spots, which you will notice the most in wind.

    Having a uniform loft across the quilt provides better insulation, especially with windy or lower temps.

    Hope this helps!

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    Mundele, FWIW the baffles are not that hard to do. They add some work and a little head scratchin', but in the end I think it's worth it.

    But if you're only going down to 50+, a sew through would be better than nothing for certain!
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    Thanks for the replies. Yeah I bet you're right about the baffles. I will order some noseeum netting when I order my fabric

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    Other then pilfering from other down products where can you get just down. I did a quick search and couldn't find 900fp down. I though hammock gear sold it but I didn't see it there. Neither at diygear or papsmurfs dream hammocks. Any one know?
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    I have a 40 degree sewed thru quilt with 3 oz of over stuffing,,that the wife can take down to about 35...but!!! she is ver hot natured..me,,,being cold natured,,can take it to 40 ok,,but then I am going to switch out to either a 40 golite with baffles or even a 20 degree quilt as I am cold natured and need more quilt. I had this quilt built for her by Underground Quilts as she sleeps with her feet even out of the quilt or not even snapped and shut on the foot box. Baffles make a really big differance in the toasty warmth of the quilt. I also have a 50 TQ that is sewed thru with 5 oz of down for summer and it works perfect in the hot times. There is a place for sewed thru quilts,,but not when its cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthauk View Post
    Other then pilfering from other down products where can you get just down. I did a quick search and couldn't find 900fp down. I though hammock gear sold it but I didn't see it there. Neither at diygear or papsmurfs dream hammocks. Any one know?
    Thru-Hiker has it in stock I think

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    Having made sewn-thru, straight baffles and karo baffles, I can tell you that seen-thru is the most difficult to get right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Having made sewn-thru, straight baffles and karo baffles, I can tell you that seen-thru is the most difficult to get right.
    Thats interesting. Seems like sewn through would be the easiest. I had also considered karo sewn through. What makes a sewn through more difficult?

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